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A Leeds city centre development has scooped two prestigious national awards

The allotments at Saxton Photo: Calendar

A Leeds city centre development, with six and a half acres of gardens and 97 allotments has scooped two prestigious national awards for its inspiring design and sustainability.

Saxton Gardens, based in the East Bank of Leeds and developed by Urban Splash has been held up as an exemplar of excellence by both the Housing Design Awards and the RIBA Awards, which set the standard for great architecture across the country.

"It is fantastic that this new development has been recognised nationally. It has taken two derelict council blocks of flats and converted them into an exciting city location."

– Councillor Peter Gruen - Leeds city council

The apartments, which were designed by architectural firm, Union North, boasts a mixture of 410 studio, one and two bed apartments, and is purported to have the largest private gardens of any city centre residence, including a wild flower meadow, orchard and BBQ areas, as well as an on-site gym.

Judges of both awards praised developer Urban Splash for its regeneration of the two previously derelict council house blocks, re-using much of the existing building's structure and creating a model of sustainable living.

Simon Gawthorpe, managing director of Urban Splash Yorkshire Credit: Calendar

We're delighted to receive recognition from such eminent organisations as RIBA and the Housing Design Awards and we look forward to helping new home buyers live the good life."

– Simon Gawthorpe, managing director of Urban Splash Yorkshire